The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Phytomyza rhabdophora Griffiths, 1964
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]

Phytomyza rhabdophora Griffiths, 1964. Ent. Meddr. 32: 434
Phytomyza rhabdophora Griffiths, 1964; Spencer, 1972b. Handbk ident. Br. Ins. 10(5g): 86 (fig. 285), 88
Phytomyza rhabdophora Griffiths, 1964; Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 485, fig. 853.

Lifestyle: Unknown.

Larva: The larvae of flies are leg-less maggots without a head capsule (see examples). They never have thoracic or abdominal legs. They do not have chewing mouthparts, although they do have a characteristic cephalo-pharyngeal skeleton (see examples), usually visible internally through the body wall.

Puparium: The puparia of flies are formed within the hardened last larval skin or puparium and as a result sheaths enclosing head appendages, wings and legs are not visible externally (see examples).

Comments: Host possibly Leontodon (Spencer, 1976: 485).

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: June.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Local, but probably widespread. Devon (Lyme Regis) (Spencer, 1972b: 88).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland, Co. Clare (Ballyvaughan, Lough Rask) (Spencer, 1972b: 88).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Germany, Poland, Denmark, Finland and Sweden (Spencer, 1976: 485), Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist
Find using Google
Find using Google Scholar
Find images using Google

XHTML Validator
Last updated 28-Apr-2017 Brian Pitkin Top of page